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GarrAarghHrumph
06-05-2012, 07:50 PM
So happy! Can't wait. A little surprised about the convention center being used, but there are huge hotels there, so it makes sense to get the practice rink near the hotels.

I was also surprised at that. Have they ever put ice down in the convention center?

It's really nice, for a convention center. Very new. I remember the food inside being okay, not as gross as most convention center food.

UMBS Go Blue
06-05-2012, 07:51 PM
They're going to use the convention center as a rink? Wow. Big building in a very nice location. Major contemporary art museum right across the street. The T (subway) does not stop directly outside, but it is in walking distance - a few blocks-ish.

The TD Garden is directly on the T, in a neighborhood with many food options.It does, and I've been to BCEC multiple times. The MBTA (http://www.mbta.com) Silver Line stops at the World Trade Center directly across the street. It is directly linked to BCEC via a large bridge with super-wide pedestrian sidewalks. The MBTA Red Line is also at South Station, a short 10-15 minute walk away across Fort Point Channel. And, of course, the FleetCenter TD Garden is directly above the MBTA Green and Orange Lines (and MBTA commuter rail to the northern/northwestern suburbs) at North Station. Because it's the Garden, there are plenty of sports pubs around open late, and the North End with its Italian eateries is a short walk away, including Mike's Pastry (https://www.google.com/search?q=mike's+pastry+north+end).

Lots of fabulous, trendy new restaurants in the BCEC area, which is the newly gentrified Fort Point neighborhood, including upscale Menton (https://www.google.com/search?q=menton+boston) and my favorite, the super casual Flour Bakery (https://www.google.com/search?q=flour+bakery), made famous by Joanne Chang (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGGntNYNjQc) who beat Bobby Flay in a sticky bun challenge (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/throwdown-with-bobby-flay/joanne-changs-sticky-buns-recipe/index.html).

oleada
06-05-2012, 07:53 PM
OH MY GOD IT'S DURING MY BIRTHDAY!!!
HELLO 26TH BDAY GIFT!!!

(okay, I'll stop screaming now)

Catherine M
06-05-2012, 07:56 PM
After nearly 20 years of skating fandom, this is only the third time I'll be able to stay at someone's house and go to an event. Looking forward not having to deal with a hotel and going "home" after everything is over with. And an added plus is I love being in Boston. Such a great city! Can't wait!

Lara
06-05-2012, 08:07 PM
Would love to go to my first US Nats - fingers crossed it'll be possible!

ioana
06-05-2012, 08:10 PM
YES YES YES! This news (kinda) makes up the Shpilband/Zoueva fiasco. Now to hope those dates work for me. Work ain't important, right? ;)

Nowhere near as important as Nationals :D. Prioritizing is very important and I just wrote that on my yearly review. I failed to mention I will be prioritizing skating over work in January 2014, but that's a small detail.

Cheylana
06-05-2012, 08:17 PM
Boston. I can live with that!

Carolla5501
06-05-2012, 08:49 PM
Some people will always find something to whine about no matter how good the location, the venue, the logistics, or the costs. It's not like they have any value to add to just about any discussion anyway. :P

In any case, yay Boston! Plenty of historical sites to check out, great independent eateries, and plentiful public transit that negates the need for fan shuttles. :cheer2:

Edited to add: a recent thread with Boston travel tips (http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=81970). Here is a walking itinerary (http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3430373&postcount=19) that will take a full day if you have time.

If you also have free time, check out the Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.mfa.org) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (http://www.gardnermuseum.org) nearby.

I am thrilled with Boston. I am not whining... I kind of know what hotel costs in major cities are... HIGH :) I think Boston did a :kickass: job last time and have high hopes for this one.

It's a great city, good food, good transport... a little cold that time of year, but it is skating so..

I know in the Christmas season you can skate in the Boston Common. Wonder if that will still be an option.

nubka
06-05-2012, 09:07 PM
What NO West Coast?? Waaaaaah!!! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

Bostonfan
06-05-2012, 09:23 PM
YIPPEE!!!! 2001 is the only Nationals I ever went to, so I'm really looking forward to catching at least one of the events in 2014!

icecat
06-05-2012, 09:23 PM
Considering that the Frog Pond ( in Boston Common) is managed by the Skating club of Boston, I would say most definitely.
With the Purple line running directly into North Station which is located in the main venue, it really opens up a lot more for hotels/motels on the North Shore. I wind up having Disney on ice skaters stay with us all the time when they play Boston. It's about a 40-45 minute ride.:D:D

skategal
06-05-2012, 09:26 PM
Oh wow!! I may even be able to make this one. So close to where I am. I've never been to US Nats. Wheeeeeeeeeee!!

AnnM
06-05-2012, 09:39 PM
Looks like I'll be breaking my streak of attending Nationals in Olympic years, unless I can talk my husband into making a family vacation out of it.

Oh, maybe they'll have weekend packages again. That might be feasible. *crossing fingers*

UMBS Go Blue
06-05-2012, 09:47 PM
Looks like I'll be breaking my streak of attending Nationals in Olympic years, unless I can talk my husband into making a family vacation out of it. You both need to take the little one to Harvard and MIT and get added inspiration into her at a young age. :saint:

Sassafras
06-05-2012, 11:24 PM
Yeah! Finally, USFS rediscovers the east coast! :D

Last time I checked, 2011 Nationals was in Greensboro. Wasn't that east coast enough for you? :confused: